Join with Save the Children to call for equality for every Australian


What’s happening?

Save the Children commissioned a poll that found that 84% of Australians are concerned about child discrimination within Australia. The poll also found that 9 out of 10 Australians think most Indigenous children start primary school not ready to learn, almost two-thirds say a lack of access to support services is part of the cause and 46% of Australians think the federal government needs to do more to improve school readiness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Save the Children’s efforts

Save the Children have launched a global campaign called Every Last Child to highlight and reduce discrimination faced by children here in Australia and around the world. The campaign will work to ensure every child enjoys equal opportunities, growing up with access to quality healthcare, education and nutrition – regardless of who they are or where they live.

Indigenous children make up nearly 35 percent of all children in out‐of‐home care in Australia, despite representing just 5 percent of the population.

“Aboriginal children are more than twice as likely to not be school ready when they first attend primary school, and the disadvantage gap normally widens as they grow up. This is particularly concerning given we know school readiness can help prevent the likelihood of a child being removed from their families and culture and placed in out-of-home care.” – Save the Children CEO Paul Ronalds

Join with Save the Children and fight for equality for every Australian child:

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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